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Monday, August 21, 2017

Goodlife Cafe & Bakery

In Mendocino, one of the better breakfast spots is Goodlife Cafe & Bakery, located at 10483 Lansing Street, near the Harvest Market.

Order at the counter. You can get quiche, breakfast burritos and pastries. I like the Nectarine Cheese Danish--$4. It was a huge danish and filling enough.

2017 07 29

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tri Tip Trolley

Had another work event that was catered by Tri Tip Trolley.

They cater from a trolley and set up a menu.

I had the Susie's Salad--$9. It was a wedge salad with Gorgonzola cheese, tomatoes, onion and bacon with their house vinaigrette. I added tri tip for $4. Their tri tip is so juicy and flavorful.

Another of my favorites are the Shishito Peppers--$7. They were grilled and served with chipotle sauce. The peppers are not too spicy which make them so easy to eat.

2017 07 23

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Our final show of the 2016-2017 SHN season was "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." This was a very techno show and unique.

I did not get tickets for the next season. My biggest complaint is the neighborhoods where the Orpheum and Golden Gate Theatre are located. It's turned into such a homeless encampment.

2017 07 22

Friday, August 18, 2017

Lers Ros, San Francisco

Before our final show of the 2016-2017 SHN season, we had dinner at Lers Ros, located at 730 Larkin Street.

Vegetable Fried Rolls served with Sweet Chili Sauce--$9.95. The rolls were crispy and the sauce was sweet with a hint of spiciness.

Som Tom Koong Yang--$12.95. Shredded green papaya salad with chili, tomatoes, lime based salad dressing and grilled prawns. This was a small portion and was very spicy. It came with a chunk of cabbage. Not sure how to eat the cabbage because there was no knife and it was too big a chunk to pick up and gnaw a piece off.

Kang Karee Pak--$13.95. Yellow curry with potato, yellow onion, vegetables and tofu. This was just okay--taste was boring.

Garlic & Ginger Rice with Steamed Chicken, served with Soybean Paste Sauce and Clear Soup--$13.95. This was moist and similar to the Hainan chicken we had in Portland but the one in Portland had a tastier sauce. 

Pad Thai--$12.95. Thai style pan-fried rice noodles, prawns, served with crushed peanuts. Again, not big portion but tasty.

Fried Tilapia with house chili based sauce--$20.95. $2 extra because we asked for it to be de-boned. The fish was a little over fried but the chili sauce was good.

2017 07 22

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blue Heron Restaurant & Tavern

On the way back from Bodega Bay, we searched for a place to have dinner. There were quite a few cars at Blue Heron in Duncan Mills so we decided to give it a try. Turns out, we were the only ones in the restaurant. Everyone else was in the tavern.

Cod & Chips--$14. This was served with fries and coleslaw. These were huge chunks of fish and were actually quite good. The fries were perfectly crisp yet still moist in the inside. Great value.

Seafood Fettuccine, served with a small house salad--$22. Shrimp, scallops, salmon & mussels in a creamy sherry sauce topped with Asiago cheese. There was a lot of seafood in this dish. The pasta would have been better had it been boiled in salted water. It had no taste and even with the addition of salt, it still didn't have much taste. The sauce didn't have much sherry and tasted more like Alfredo sauce. I agree with the Italians that cheese and seafood don't mix so I didn't like this dish. Too much dairy in the dish. 

2017 07 11

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lily's, Mount Shasta

In Mount Shasta, we had dinner at Lily's.

It's located at 1013 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd.

The rolls were warm.

Special appetizer--Deep Fried Softshell Crab--$13. This was too fishy.

Castroville Artichoke with Smoked Aioli--$13. This was a big artichoke but it was still hard to justify the $13 price tag.

Skirt Steak Chimichurri, Wedge Potatoes, Avocado Salad--$26. The steak was tough, even though it was rare.

Cabernet Braised Beef Shortribs, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables--$27. I didn't get to try this but my friend liked it. It was tender.

Pork Belly Bao Sliders with Cucumber, Cilantro & Peanut Honey Hoisin--$15. This wasn't a big portion but good enough if you have a small appetite.

Special Dessert--Apfelkucherl--$11. German apple pancakes with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and whipped cream. The apple pancakes and ice cream were good. The whipped cream wasn't freshly whipped though.

2017 06 25

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

La Fortuna Bakery

On our way to Mt. Shasta, we stopped for dinner in Williams. We stopped at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint called La Fortuna Bakery, located at 669 F Street. It's an order-at-the-counter restaurant. You can either get your food to go or they will bring it to your table. The tables are in the convenience store next door.

Chile Rellenos platter--$9.75. It was a huge platter and filling. My friends reported that the chile rellenos were quite good.

I had 2 tacos--steak for $2.09 and tongue for $2.29. The tongue had much better flavor. I also like fluffy Mexican rice and La Fortuna did not disappoint. . 

2017 06 24

Monday, August 14, 2017

Marie Callender's

I can't pass up a Marie Callender pie.

Even though the banana cream pie doesn't have many bananas, I love the pudding mix and the crust. I also love their fresh peach and fresh strawberry pies.

2017 01 27

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Southland Flavor

I found a Taiwanese restaurant in the south bay that I hadn't tried yet--Southland Flavor. It's located in the Ranch 99 complex on Wolfe Road.

Simmered Pig Ear--$6.25. This had great flavor.

Fried Daikon Cake--$5.25. This came with 5 pieces and was soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Green onion pancake--$5.75. On the expensive side but it was well fried.

Sweet Rice Stuffed in Pork Chitterling--$5.95. This was also very good. Not mushy and the best I've had in a while.

Oyster Pancake--$7.25. I liked this as well. Nice sauce and pancake was not mush.

Deep Fried Tofu--$6.25. Loved this dish. The tofu is soft on the inside. The pickled vegetables were also very good.

Squid Potage Soup--$6.50. A little too sweet. Be sure to stir the soup well. There's a glob of BBQ sauce that needs to be mixed into the soup.

Sauteed On Choy with Garlic--$9.95. Good flavor and not greasy.

Eggplant with Basil--$11.95. On the expensive side but great flavor with the basil. The eggplant was well sautéed.

2017 06 16

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kaede Japanese Restaurant

Kaede is located at 462 Larkfield Center. It's mainly a sushi restaurant.

Cucumber Salad--$3.

Miso soup--$2.

Tekka Maki--$4.

Caterpillar Roll--$10. Fresh water eel, cucumber & avocado.

Rainbow Roll--$12.

Tobiko--$3. This was loaded with tobiko and was good value.

2017 05 13

Friday, August 11, 2017

Banh Xeo Ngon

Banh Xeo Ngon is located at 3005 Silver Creek Road in San Jose.

Banh Khot--$8.59 for 7. These were well prepared--not too mushy but I've never figured out why these are popular. 

Original Turmeric Banh Xeo with Shrimp, Pork & Squid--$10.99. This is crispy and delicious to each with the basket of greens.

Pandan Banh Xeo. I didn't like this as much because it was a little more mealy. Same fillings and same cost as the original.

Shrimp Salad--$8.99. This was full of carrots and I'm not a carrot fan.

2017 05 13

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ledford House

The Ledford House is located on Hwy 1 in Albion.

The soup du jour was a peanut soup--$10. This was quite delicious with Middle Eastern tones.

Rabbit braised in White Wine, Parsnips, Carrots, Dijon Mustard & Thyme--$29. Moist and flavorful.

There is a 3-course Bistro Special for $30. The starter was a Caesar Salad.

Main was Pork Chop with Carona Beans, Butternut Squash and Tomato.

Chocolate Pot de Cream--thick and full of chocolate flavor.

2017 05 06